The Art of Being Normal

David Piper has always been an outsider His parents think he s gay The school bully thinks he s a freak Only his two best friends know the real truth David wants to be a girl.On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal to be invisible Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan When Leo stands uDavid Piper has always been an outsider His parents think he s gay The school bully thinks he s a freak Only his two best friends know the real truth David wants to be a girl.On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal to be invisible Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms But things are about to get messy Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long
The Art of Being Normal David Piper has always been an outsider His parents think he s gay The school bully thinks he s a freak Only his two best friends know the real truth David wants to be a girl On the first day at his n

  • Title: The Art of Being Normal
  • Author: LisaWilliamson
  • ISBN: 9780374302375
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I spontaneously decided to pick this up today, and I absolutely FLEW through it! I had a couple of minor problems with it, but overall I found it to be very enjoyable.

    2. UNA NOVELA REAL, CERCANA Y QUE ABORDA EL TEMA DE LA TRANSEXUALIDAD DE MANERA SUBLIME. IMPRESCINDIBLE.El arte de ser normal es una novela juvenil que trata el tema de la transexualidad y que cuenta con una historia con giros muy buenos. Es una novela muy bien escrita, con una prosa bonita y unos personajes muy bien cosntruidos. Si bien ya la portada da a entender de qué trata la novela, no solo se centra en el tema de la transexualidad sino que toca otros como la violencia de género, el alcohol [...]

    3. "Normal" kids don't see therapists. "Normal" kids don't have mothers like mine, who tell you life isn't fair with messed-up glee, like the unfairness of life is pretty much the only thing they know for sure. I've spent my whole life being told I'm the complete opposite of "normal".I'm sorry, but I loved this. I don't know why I'm apologizing, since I'm on this website to either hate or love a book no matter what others thought about it, but I feel like this is another one of those books that are [...]

    4. I'm a trans person and when I saw this book I was super excited. It had a cool cover and a premise I was personally interested in.However, once I started reading I was honestly very disappointed.I know that trans people have different experiences and points of view on their gender, but so many things about this book seemed off to me. The book isn't written by a trans person, and that was my first clue. In the blurb: "Two boys." and "David wants to be a girl."Being trans isn't about wanting to be [...]

    5. دیوید پایپر 14 ساله هیچوقت نتونسته خودش رو با جمع وفق بده چوت اکثریت فکر میکنن که همجنسگراست اما دوتا دوست صمیمیش، اِسی و فِلیکس میدونن که دوستشون تراجنسیتیه و همیشه میخواسته که یه دختر باشه و خودش رو به چشم یه دختر میبینه. و متاسفانه با گذشت زمان و بالغ شدنش نشونه های مردونه بی [...]

    6. Fantastic. Highly recommended. The Art of Being Normal is the story of a transgender character named David, and his journey to finally telling his family (and the rest of the world) that he wishes to be referred to as Kate, and would like to begin transitioning.I have to be honest and say that I don't believe I've read a book about a transgender character before, certainly not as the main focus of the story. I know they exist, so it's either down to my own lack of diverse reading or a distinct l [...]

    7. You must have heard about The Art of Being Normal by now and, if not, I'm not sure how you have managed to miss it. Published on 1st January, it's one of the most talked about UKYA novels published this year so far, and has certainly set a high standard.Fourteen-year-old David Piper has only told two people – his two best friends, Essie and Fox, who have both been incredibly supportive – that he has wanted, needed, to be a girl ever since he was a small child. David has written a letter to h [...]

    8. This was such a fantastic, insightful, brilliantly written book. I absolutely flew through it, the writing style was so comfortable and easy to read and flowed smoothly between each perspectives. This somehow both broke my heart and filled it with joy at the same time. Some of the issues dealt with and scenarios present in the plot crumbled my faith in humanity. It hurts to think about what some people have to go through when simply wanting to be themselves. It was difficult to read but I think [...]

    9. 3.5 starsLoved the introductory exploration of trans issues in this book, even if it faltered in other areas. The Art of Being Normal follows two protagonists who both go to Eden Park School: David Piper, a biological male who has always wanted to be a girl, and Leo Denten, an outsider with dark secrets of his own. Though the two seem quite different - David, more reserved and wistful, Leo, more moody and confrontational - a twist of fate brings them together in ways neither of them expect.I app [...]

    10. I couldn't finish this,it deals with an incredibly important issue and relevant topic in today's society but the book just felt like a generic ya book.I wanted to read this book for the trans character and to see how well the story would deal with the issue but after 110 pages I couldn't even really get to the core issue because the writing,dialogue and story were so painfully cliche.The story screams American cliche high school trash that we see in so many media outlets and the book isn't even [...]

    11. O que eu mais amo sobre a leitura é que quanto mais a gente lê, mas a gente percebe que conhecemos muito pouco sobre o mundo.Eu nunca tinha lido nenhum livro pela ponto de vista de uma pessoa trans. Acho que nunca li nenhum livro que sequer tivesse um personagem trans. E lendo "A arte de ser normal" eu aprendi tanta coisa. O livro trata da questão de gênero de uma forma bem direta e didática. Fala sobre os medos diários de uma pessoa que nasceu no corpo errado, e como esses medos podem ser [...]

    12. It's been a while since I read this but I feel there's two things I should point out that really bothered me about the book. 1) Leo is a trans guy but him being trans is treated as a plot twist, and is found out when a girl he likes sees his genitalia. Not a fan of that. 2) Kate (called by her birth name for most of the book) is referred to by male pronouns by Leo in his internal monologue after he finds out she's a trans girl but only refers to her as 'she' when she's wearing feminine clothing. [...]

    13. I’m transgender myself and I work with transgender youth, so of course I’m bringing that to the table. I didn’t hate this book – in fact, I quite liked large parts of it, but there are a few issues that drag it down. One of them was that I don't feel like it was written with transgender people in mind as a part of the key audience, unless they're teenagers still trying to figure out even the most basic things. But at the same time, it's a bit of a narrow representation of transgender peo [...]

    14. Have you ever finished a book and thought…that it was IMPORTANT? That the story that’s being told is one that everyone should hear? That’s how I felt about “The Art of Being Normal”. I feel like everyone NEEDS to read this. It’s an important message about our society today. And it it’s just a damn fine book, too.David has a secret. He hasn’t told his family. He hasn’t come out to the world with it. Only his best friends, and his trusty journal know the truth. If he could be any [...]

    15. 4.5Creo que este es una buena novela que te hace reflexionar sobre muchas cosas y que te ayuda a entender un poco más sobre el tema, una trama entretenida y un libro fácil de seguir, con unos personajes bien construidos que hacen más ágil la lectura y con unos giros en la trama bastantes inesperados, en pocas palabras es un libro muy bien escrito y que debería leer todo el mundo para entender más sobre cosas que son "normales" y no deberían ser un tema que importe, simplemente dejar ser c [...]

    16. "Besides, who wants to be normal anyway? Fancy that on your gravestone. ‘Here lies so-and-so. They were entirely normal.’” A sweet YA-story with a couple of amazing diverse characters, although the story itself could have been better. The strength of this YA-novel is the budding friendship between David and Leo. At first sight the boys are each others opposite - Leo is reserved and moody and David open and kind – but when David is able to break down some of Leo’s walls, they realize ho [...]

    17. It's high time the world of YA fiction had a real contender in the T corner of the LGBT spectrum, and Lisa Williamson stands up to the plate magnificently.'The Art Of Being Normal' follows David, who stumbles through the minefield of high school and puberty knowing in his heart that everything is wrong because he wants to be a girl, knows he is supposed to be girl. Navigating bullies gets a little easier for him though with a well aimed punch from Leo Denton, who struggles alongside David with a [...]

    18. I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I've been hearing a lot about it and on my quest to read more UKYA (since it's where I'm from and I want to support the UKYA scene) I decided to pick it up. I am so happy that I did as it is one of those stories that I completely devoured. David is fourteen years old and has known since he was a child that he is really a female stuck inside a male body. His two best friends are the only ones to know and he is struggling to find the right way to tel [...]

    19. This book is really important. There are so many people out there today struggling with gender identity and the desperate need to be looked at as "normal" because they do not fit into the specific and constricting constructs of society and it is just heartbreaking. Before this book, i did not have that much of an insight into transgender struggles. Even if this book is purely fiction, it still did open my eyes to some of the struggles in an honest simple prose imbued with complex depths. I reall [...]

    20. David y Leo son dos adolescentes que empiezan el instituto con grandes secretos: David quiere ser una chica, y Leo fue expulsado de su anterior instituto por un turbio asunto del que solo corren rumores. Hay muchas cosas que me han gustado. Me ha gustado el protagonista; David, y su forma de afrontar su situación: en realidad él no tiene ningún problema con ser como es, el problema lo tienen los demás con respecto a él. Me ha gustado que no se recree en el tema del bullying; lo hay, por sup [...]

    21. EDIT: After a few weeks of thinking, I've decided to lower the rating to 4 Stars. The book is really good, but I did have a few slight problems.I don't think I've ever been so happy to finish a book. And I don't mean that in a bad way, I literally finished the book with the biggest grin on my face, content with the ending and slightly wanting more Kate (David) and Leo. I'm so glad this book was mainly focused on finding ones true self, as well as true friendship. You know, the type of friendship [...]

    22. Lisa Williamson's The Art of Being Normal is a moving, well-written reminder of how brutal, yet how beautiful, the world can be to those who are different.David Piper has really never fit in. Apart from his two best friends, most of his fellow high school students ridicule him for being different. One of the school bullies has called him "Freak Show" since they were younger, but David is willing to wait him out until high school ends. His parents think he is gay, and are waiting for him to tell [...]

    23. Oh, this is one cute diversity read! I highly recommend this if you love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!Just like in Simon, in this book it is about a diversity character, in this case a trans, but without the book being written in a learny way. You get to know David and you learn what it's like to be trapped in the wrong body because he is. And I also like Leo a lot! And I like how, at least in the Dutch version, the different point of views are indicated with different fonts. I really like [...]

    24. The buzz around the release of The Art of Being Normal has been crazy! So many of my trusted friends and fellow reviewers have loved it so the pressure was on when I chose to read it myself.Williamson has created a novel I wish had been written years ago. It’s incredibly brave – I don’t think there’s anything too similar to it published at the moment – and it stands out because of its themes and content. However, I’m sad because I wish there were more books just like The Art of Being [...]

    25. Sigh. Another disappointment crossed off the TBR. I was so excited to read this, especially after seeing so many rave reviews, but unfortunately this was a story that did not make it on my memorable list.My main issue with THE ART OF BEING NORMAL is that it's a tale of transgender teens told by a cisgender author. Now admittedly, I knew that from the beginning but I was optimistic that it may have worked out. I believe in giving authors the benefit of the doubt until I've seen the proof in their [...]

    26. This review was originally published on Blogs of a Bookaholic.An amazing step forward in diversity in publishing, not such a step forward in engrossing storytelling.As both a reader and a psychology student, I’m always on the lookout for YA books that tackle serious topics and incorporate them into stories, whether that’s mental health, rare disorders or, in this case, gender identity. As a student, I was lucky enough to cover gender as a topic and it really opened my eyes, so I was excited [...]

    27. When I first picked up this book I had really high hopes for it. The idea of a young transgender protagonist was really appealing and (as fickle as this may be) I love the cover. It's what drew me in. Having just finished the book, my overall thoughts are good, but not great. Story wise I really enjoyed it. I think the overall story was great. Both David and Leo are wonderful characters and I loved their inner monologues of their struggle with being transgender; they were thoughtful and they wer [...]

    28. There are some books you're proud of. This is one of those for me.It's not the perfect book, but it's heartbreakingly beautiful, and emotional, and heartfelt. It's outstanding.Please, everyone. Read it.

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